Report - Bayern set to sign Liverpool's Pepe Reina

Bayern Munich are close to signing goalkeeper Pepe Reina from Liverpool.

Liverpool's surplus to requirements goalkeeper, Pepe Reina, is close to finalising a move away from England as Bayern Munich have agreed a transfer worth a reported £2.5 million.

Tony Barrett of The Times broke the story earlier this evening over Twitter stating, "Liverpool have accepted an offer from Bayern Munich for Pepe Reina."  

The story then developed rather rapidly with Bayern's official Twitter account tweeting that the Spanish shot-stopper is set to sign provided he passes a medical.

Bayern's Twitter handle then went on to publish a short quote from club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge which reads, "Reina is an established and very experienced player that meets the management's requirements."

Reports emerged last week that the Bavarians were in the market for a new keeper to deputise for World Cup winner Manuel Neuer.

The Telegraph were suggesting that they could move for Southampton's Artur Boruc, who may soon be replaced with Celtic keeper Fraser Forster if reports are to be believed. The same reports also suggested Reina could be an alternative option.

Reina was Liverpool's number one choice for the goalkeeping birth up until last season when he was replaced by the Belgian Simon Mignolet. 

As a result the Spaniard joined Napoli for the season on loan and in his 41 appearances he helped them to win the Coppa Italia and qualify for the Champions League.

It was thought that the Serie A side would make his move permanent, but it is understood that Napoli boss Rafa Benitez was unwilling to meet his £100,000 wage demands.

Reina must have reached a compromise with Bayern, as it seems especially unlikely that they would be willing to pay such a high wage for someone who is rarely going to feature.

It's difficult to see the benefits of Reina joining Pep Guardiola's side; at 31-years-old Reina is in his prime years as a goalkeeper and is still highly capable between the sticks.

A keeper of his abilities still has so much to offer the game and is surely too good to be playing second fiddle to currently the world's best goalkeeper.

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